Freed French hostages pay homage to soldiers killed in rescue

One of the two former French hostages released in northern Burkina Faso, Laurent Lassimouillas, pays tribute to the French soldiers killed in a rescue operation at the Presidential Palace of Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou.

Freed French hostage pays homage to soldiers killed in action

One of the two former French hostages released in northern Burkina Faso, Laurent Lassimouillas, pays tribute to the French soldiers killed in a rescue operation at the Presidential Palace of Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou. SOUNDBITE *BETTER QUALITY TO FOLLOW*

Angela Merkel begins tour of Sahel region in Burkina Faso

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is greeted by Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré in Ouagadougou. She is at the start of a tour of the Sahel region that will see her pass through Niger and Mali. IMAGES

Sacred snappers: The village where crocodiles are welcome

Crocodiles may be one of the deadliest hunters in the animal kingdom, but in a small village in Burkina Faso it is not unusual to see someone sitting atop one of the fearsome reptiles. People in Bazoule, around 30 kilometres (20 miles) from the capital Ouagadougou, share their pond with more than 100 of the razor-toothed creatures.

Residents react to Friday’s twin attacks in Ouagadougou

Residents of Ouagadougou say they fear fresh attacks, after the Group to Support Islam and Muslims (GSIM), a jihadist group allied to al-Qaeda, on Saturday claimed responsibility for attacking the Burkinabe capital. Eight armed forces personnel were killed in the fighting in the West African nation on Friday, which was said to have been carried out in retaliation for a French operation in Mali.

Photos of security personnel responding to Burkina Faso attack

Six people were killed in the Burkina Faso capital of Ouagadougou on Friday when they attacked the French embassy and the country’s military headquarters, the government said, adding that members of the security forces had also been wounded. PHOTOS of authorities responding to attack